New cranes from China are on their way to Tacoma


The first four super post-Panamax cranes destined for Tacoma’s Pier 4 began the trip to Puget Sound a few days ago aboard the Zhen Hua 28.

The new cranes, built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck. The cranes are expected to arrive at Port of Tacoma in a few weeks. Four additional cranes will arrive in 2019.

In other Port of Tacoma news, the first commission meeting of the year is set for noon on Thursday where commissioners Don Meyer, Dick Marzano and John McCarthy will be sworn into office. Commissioners will then consider authorizing $150,000 toward the ongoing cleanup of the former USG rock wool plant at 2301 Taylor Way. Commissioners will also act on their international travel plan for the first half of 2018, the list of external stakeholder board assignments and they will hear an update on the South Sound Initiative.

The meeting has a full agenda and starts Thursday at noonSee the complete agenda. Commission meetings are held in Room 104 of the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are streamed live.

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